Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height: Male: 13.5 inches (34 cm), Female: 12.5 inches (32 cm)
Origin of Name: The Basset Hound is a scent hound that was bred to track rabbits.
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The Basset Hounds were originally tied in France and Belgium ("basset" stands for the French "lesser"). It is believed that the stem of the Abbey of St. Hubert was responsible for overcoming the strain of the old French breeds, to create a low-built aromatic hound that was able to track a human hunting companion while walking and chasing deer. Could not attack any area. His precision and perseverance over the scent made the basket a popular choice for the French elite, for whom hunting was a way of life.